Open source software distribution group SourceForge has removed the controversial Anonymous operating system (OS) from its website.
SourceForge explained the removal in a blog post, saying that having been made aware of the dodgy software by widespread media coverage of the operating system, it did not want to expose users to the apparently Trojan-riddled software.
"By taking an intentionally misleading name, this project has attempted to capitalise on the press surrounding a well-known movement in order to push downloads of a project that is less than a week old," it said.
"We have therefore decided to take this download offline and suspend this project until we have more information that might lead us to think differently. We'll be in touch with the project admin, and let you know if and when we find out anything to contrary, but for now, that's what we're doing."
Anonymous itself took to Twitter on Thursday to warn web users that it was not behind the software and that it contained several Trojans, while security vendors also warned that the software was malicious.
Despite this it was still downloaded some 37,000 times by yesterday afternoon with users at risk of numerous infections from the malicious code.
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